Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report for February 8, 2017

Hello, from Big Winnie! Perch are still the BEST BITE right now on the lake, with good perch spots going all around the pond. Tamarack Bay has some perch fishing on the channel edge going up to ten feet of water. The humps north of the main lake bars are "spotty," but when a school is found there the size of the perch caught is better than most spots around the lake. The main lake bars such as Bena, Moses, Horseshoe and Sugar all have fish that are moving up and down the drop from 15 down to the basin area 35 feet deep. Best baits for perch have been glow jigs during the darker cloudy days and gold in the sunshine. Tipped with minnow heads.

Pike are STILL going strong with the main lake bars, where your best bet is to start on the tops in 14 to 18 feet of water. Ask me for my pickled pike recipe, or offer to share yours! I'd be honored to post your recipe within these fishing reports.

Walleye have remained somewhat "spotty" with the humps and the bar drop being the better spots to fish, but they do not hang around long. One day they are there, the next day they have moved on to the next hump or are crossing the bar tops. Rainbow minnows or smaller sucker minnows in the 3 to 4 inch range have been the best bait. Using plain hook with lighter weights, fish one to two feet off the bottom.

Ice conditions are fairly good right now with 5 to 7 inches of snow on top of 22 to 24 inches of ice. Just check into the resort you would like to access from for road maps and current conditions. Be safe!

Time to go fishing!

Pat Rooney

Denny’s Resort – Lake Winnibigoshish • 15017 16th Ave. NE • P.O. Box 8 • Bena, Minnesota 56626
(218) 665 - 2222